How to Safely Transport Your Dog in Car or Truck

Dog in a car

Did you know that in Florida there are no laws regarding unrestrained pets in vehicles? We’ve all seen dogs with their heads out of the window or on the back of flatbed truck. The dogs look so happy and carefree until a crash happens. Unfortunately, traffic accidents are common. A loose dog or pup can get badly hurt during a small fender bender. It’s important to secure your dog when driving your vehicle. In many other states, such as New Jersey, you can get a fine up to $1000 if they catch your pet loose in your vehicle. However, it’s not about the money, it’s about the love you have for your pet.

If you have a small pup or dog, you can use a small carrier for them. Place a small towel or blanket inside the carrier to make them comfortable. This carrier should be secured with a seatbelt.

Another option is to use a crate. These work well for larger breeds of dogs. You can also purchase crash-tested crates which will keep your dog secure even during an accident. Ask the store for assistance in choosing the right size for your dog. You want enough room for them to be able to lie down and relax. There should also be plenty of air circulation so your pet can breathe.

Crates are made from a variety of materials, but the best is aluminum, and plastic reinforced with fiberglass. These are more durable materials that can withstand a crash. Crates should also be secured in the vehicle, or in the back of a flatbed truck.

You don’t need a crate with heat insulation if you’re in Florida, but that might be another option to check for. Also, check and see if the brand offers a good warranty. Usually, two years is standard.

There are also crates that offer crash bags, which have been designed solely for transport, rather than simply a crate for home. These crash bags provide additional protection in case there is an emergency and the structure breaks.

It’s important to train your dog early as a pup or an adult dog from adoption, in the use of the crate. After they get used to it then they’ll hop into it when you ask them. This makes it a lot easier to transport them places, rather than trying to struggle with a reluctant pooch who’s not used to it.

You can use positive reinforcement and treats to get them inside. Be sure to line the crate with a soft blanket, and add a few of their favorite toys too.

If you do long road trips, be sure to stop the vehicle at a rest stop every two or three hours. Let your dog out to run around and stretch their legs for a bit. Give them plenty of food and water.

Your dog is as important as your children and should be secured in your car or truck at all times. It’s unacceptable to have a dog ride on your lap or loose in the back of a pickup truck. The more you protect your dog, the longer you’ll both have a happy and fulfilling life together.

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